Alpha Natural Resources Back in the Marcellus

Last December MDN reported that Alpha Natural Resources, a Virginia-based company and one of the country’s largest coal producers, had sold its Alpha Shale division with active Marcellus drilling in Greene County, PA to Rice Energy for $300 million (see Alpha Natural Resources Sells 50% Marcellus Stake to Rice Energy). We thought that was probably it for Alpha with respect to northeast shale drilling. But hold on, not so fast. What we weren’t aware of is that Alpha has a new joint venture with EDF Trading Resources and Alpha is drilling two wells this year in the Marcellus, with plans to drill another four next year…

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